I started riding in Lahr Germany in 1977. I rode Hanoverians, Oldenbergers, Trakehners, and other such warmbloods and was schooled in the foundation of dressage. This stimulated my appetite to one day own a warmblood. I always said I wanted to find a horse, destined for the meat market and give it a good life. That's exactly what happened in1997. I as half leasing a thoroughbred, helping to train it for a friend when was told about a little filly (Hanoverian/Thoroughbred) that was sitting out in pasture. I went to see her, looked into her beautiful eyes and fell in love. There was just "something" about this girl. She was 3 mths, worm infested and skin and bones. I bought her in september but knew that she would be facing a chilly winter where we lived near Edmonton, Alberta. I paid the fee for her, but had no idea how I would sustain her. The vet told me, during the vet check, that she had a broken jaw and that I would have to slowly get some weight on her (to prevent ocd) and/or put her in my basement for the winter. :) With lots of bran mashes, tons of "tlc" and good oversight, "Isis" (Waldstern) grew into a beautiful 17 hand Hanoverian / Thoroughbred mare. She is now 14 and the love of my life. circumstances have not allowed me to train and develop her to the ability that I know is within her...but we are now on our way. I am not so concerned with that as I am with her bring safe, loved, sheltered and well nourished. We are a good team, patient with each other and we have a common understanding that is based solely on bribery and corruption (usually involving many apples, carrots and other treats). I'd like to think she loves me, but I'm almost sure it's about the treats!!! :) I would, and do, anything for my girl!
As for me, while Isis was growing, I showed extensively in the Arab circuit with my Arab/Thoroughbred cross, Waverly Feather. We had a beautiful few years on the circuit together in show hack, hunter and dressage. Then she went to a overly family in Northern Alberta, bore a beautiful filly and went on to another young girl who loves her. I am so grateful that she crossed my path and that we had the time together that we did. They were exciting years and she was a beautiful, talented, giving and at times, neurotic mare!! And I loved her dearly. ;)
My passion from the onset has been dressage. I want to become the best dressage rider that I possibly can. I realize that I will never have the advantages that many people have in the industry and sport who are better positioned financially to support their dreams, but along with my two rescue cats and two rescue dogs, I will make every sacrifice to make sure my rescue horse is first and foremost well cared for. Beyond that, I will embrace every resource at my disposal to make sure "Isis" and I continue to advance in our quest of being the best possible team!
Sandy's Riding Style